Primer Courses in Innovation, Intra and Entrepreneurship
Needs have evolved over the past 40 years and engineering builders have become engineering creators. The objective pursued by UTC therefore is to provide its students with the right tools to take part in the dynamics of our innovative times: they must be able to adapt to new situations, to be able to work in groups, to communicate efficiently, to have a mastery in several languages and know how to assume positions of responsibility …
The entrepreneurial world is also fully integrated into the UTC training policy scheme. By proposing projects to the students and participating in the credit courses as external lecturers, they benefit from emulation amongst companies and get better insights in the riches of innovation.
UTC trains 'general graduate engineers' who possess the capacity to be autonomous, show initiative, assume responsibilities and engage in team work in complex project situations, in an increasingly international environment.
Throughout their study period at UTC, students choose credit courses or specific modules that are accessible to all branch specialties (and also in the continuous education programmes) and this range of courses allows them to be trained in intra and entre-preneurship skills.
UTC prepares each and every student to become an 'entrepreneur' in relation to his (or her) personal professional objectives, plus their personal and citizen aims.
Credit courses and MPI specialty
Each university credit course corresponds to the quantity of work needed (100–150h) to attain a target set of skills in a semester. The CCs are organized at the UTC Innovation Centre, so as to encourage and enhance exchanges and meetings between students, lecturer-scientists and representatives of the entrepreneurial world.
Action (and reflection) – intensive project workshops (AP)
UTC has decided to turn its students to actors-engineers during their university training, offering Project workshops (acronym in French AP) where the pedagogy is based on 'real life' case studies in enterprises and/or local authorities.
There is a prime contractor for each Project, whether it be a local authority, a public establishment or a private company who wish a study to be undertaken on a given theme.
These Project workshops allow future graduate engineers to reason and take into account the different points of view of different persons who co-existent in an enterprise and also take into account the risks for the personnel as of the product design phase and also allow the enterprises themselves to come, up with new viable solutions to their production problems.
In the same light as the internships and end-of-course projects, the Project workshops represent a real, positive bonus on the UTC graduate's CV, underscoring their proximity with the entrepreneurial world.
Elective Minors in technology entrepreneuship training' sic
Courses in Technology and Social sciences is one of the 'trade-marks' of UTC training and they can be taken further via the so-called minor electives. There is a block of specific CCs that enable the future UTC engineers to acquire a second specialty that value adds to their main specialty sector and will be inscribed on their diploma accordingly.
Continuous education courses
If the enterprises are interested, they can have their personnel trained in innovation:
- the InnovENT‑E Institute proposes continuous education training modules for SMEs on the theme: "Supporting innovation in enterprises to win over new export market sectors and contracts".
- UTC also proposes a university engineering diploma in 'Accompaniment for Innovative Projects'. This diploma targets professional personnel who may wish to train in and reinforce their expertise in the field of accompaniment of innovative processed and projects (incubators, nurseries, competitivity poles and the European Community Business and Innovation Centres (EC BIC).
Contacts pour l'innovation à l'UTC